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Monday, April 17, 2017

Looking Out the Window: Just Out From Bonnie Leon, Return to Misty Shore, The Third Book In Her Alaskan Historical Trilogy.

A Warm Welcome to Bonnie Leon

Bonnie will give away a print copy of Return to Misty Shore (U.S. residents only). To enter to win leave a comment and an email address

Hi Bonnie, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a Southern Oregon country gal who is still married to my first true love. I met my husband, Gregory, when I was only seventeen. We married two years later and will celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary this summer.

Though I grew up in Washington State my first visit to Southern Oregon convinced me I needed to move. It felt like home right away. My husband and I, with our three kids moved to the foothills of Douglas County, Oregon in 1980. We designed and built a small home, which has grown through the years and is somewhat sprawling now. We’re still here, and our youngest daughter and her family live right next door. I love that. We share a five acre piece of land that rests in the midst of the Umpqua forest.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

From the very beginning, when I was first reading Dick and Jane books, I knew reading would always be part of my life. Then and now I’ve loved true life stories. One of my favorite books while still quite young was the tale of Helen Keller. She was one of my early heroines and still is. By the time I was a pre-teen I was gobbling down Nancy Drew books. Our local bookmobile always had several on their shelves. As a young adult I enjoyed a variety of stories, including The Hobbit and Ten Little Indians, but I was especially fond of Gothics. Eventually I settled in to reading mostly historical fiction. After reading Hawaii I was hooked. Historical fiction has remained my favorite through the years, but I enjoy just about any kind of book.

Let's talk about your writing. Why do you do it?

I don’t recall dreaming about becoming a writer when I was young. I think I had the notion that writers had to be highly educated and extremely intelligent, and I didn’t see myself that way. However, when I was in my late thirties I was compelled to put my thoughts down on paper. I wrote short stories, vignettes and poems. It was fun.

And then, in 1991 a log truck overturned on a corner and hit my van, leaving me with permanent injuries and chronic pain. I felt as if I’d lost my life. I had been a hands on kind of woman, working alongside my husband on our small farm and actively involved with my kids. After the accident that all changed. I couldn’t do any of the things I loved, not even simple things like preparing meals for my family or doing the shopping.

Those were dark days and I sank into a depression and wondered what would become of me. I felt like I had nothing of value to offer anyone. I asked God to give me something to do that would make a difference. He opened every door to a life of writing and gently nudged me through each one.

I feel God called me to write. And until He says otherwise that is what I will do. I love the process, and through the years I’ve heard from many readers who have been encouraged and uplifted by my stories. It is extremely gratifying and a lot of fun.

Tell us about your latest book.

Return to the Misty Shore is the third book in an Alaskan historical trilogy. I love writing about Alaska—it is where I came from through my family heritage.

The principle character, Luba Engstrom is an Aleut who grew up in the white man’s world of late nineteenth century Alaska. When she falls in love with a native man, who lives in a primitive village on the Aleutian Island of Unalaska, Luba chooses to run off with him. Village life is tougher than she anticipated and she is left with the consequences of her choices. But she discovers that God has not abandoned her.

What do you love about this book? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it?

I love the backdrop of Alaska, which is an incredibly beautiful place but also one that always seems ready to take your life. Planting the story in the midst of an Aleut village in 1885 was filled with discovery for me. I learned a great deal. The Aleut life style is interesting, appalling and beautiful. It was exciting to experience the life my great-grandmother and my grandmother, who both grew up on the island of Unalaska, may have lived.

Return to the Misty Shore is an historical story, but the challenges the characters face could easily be transplanted into our contemporary lives—living with the consequences of poor choices, abusive relationships, courage to face challenges and the sorrow of loss. But the story isn’t all about the trenches, there is also adventure, beauty and love weaved throughout.

I hope readers will tell others that it’s a book they couldn’t put down and that they loved the characters. And an added bonus would be that their faith was strengthened by something they read in Luba’s story.

In three words describe your style of writing.

This is a difficult question to answer. How do I make an impartial assessment of my own writing? So, I asked some of my readers. Here are the three most common answers I received.


What is your writing schedule and where do you write?

Once upon a time I was extremely disciplined and kept a work schedule that allowed me to publish two novels a year. Not so much these days.

My life is full of children, grandchildren, my elderly mother, vegetable gardening during the summer, mentoring other writers, and a long list of everyday life things that keep me fighting for writing time. Plus, I live with chronic pain and I can no longer put in long days at the computer.

I have an office that also serves as a guest bedroom. There is a comfy recliner where I spend my writing time creating stories. When weather allows, I make sure to keep the window open so I can hear the breeze in the trees, the sound of happy birds and the song of my wind chimes.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer?

Definitely a plotter. Once I have a basic plot in mind for a story I put together a detailed outline that serves as a map so I don’t get lost along the way. That doesn’t mean I never take side trips. I do. And sometimes they are exactly what my story has been looking for.

Does your faith affect your writing? How?

Faith takes a natural place in my writing. It is where I live and it is who I am and it spills over into whatever I’m working on. I’m not sure I can create a story that doesn’t include my devotion to the Lord.

What are you working on right now?

First and foremost I’m on vacation, beginning April 20th. My husband and I are heading to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. I’ve been working hard and it’s time for a break. I intend to take an entire summer off. After that I have another historical romance that is calling to me. This one should be great fun. It takes place here in Southern Oregon during the mid-nineteenth century.

There could be a bit of glitch in my plans, however. I’ve been struggling with my eyesight for several years and was recently diagnosed with a rare condition that will eventually take my central vision. If I want to continue writing I’m going to need help. I’m not sure what that’s going to look like yet, but I do know that if it’s in God’s will He will make a way. I ask for your prayers.

What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?

My dream job is owning a book store. In this day and age, that’s a tough go and probably not a good investment, but I love bookstores. I can see myself spending my days surrounded by books and good people. The store would be homey with overstuffed chairs, a wood stove, and wooden shelves filled with fabulous books. I think a coffee bar would be a good idea too.

More About Return to Misty Shore

In the spring of 1885, Luba Engstrom meets Nicholas Matroona, a strong, brooding Native from the island of Unalaska. Against her parents’ wishes, she elopes, believing love will be enough to bridge the gap between the civilized world of Juneau and the primitive culture of Nicholas’s small village. After all, before Luba was born, her mother lived on a wild Alaskan island until she was forced to leave when a tsunami destroyed her people. But from the moment Luba arrives at Nicholas’s home, she struggles to adapt and learn the village ways.

Will the conflict between her husband’s belief in ancient gods and her faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer destroy Luba and Nicholas’s relationship?

Return to the Misty Shore—the third book in the Northern Lights series.

Buy on Amazon


Bonnie Leon is the author of twenty-two novels, including the recently released Return to the Misty Shore, the popular Alaskan Skies and bestselling The Journey of Eleven Moons.
Bonnie’s books are being read internationally and she hears from readers in Australia, Europe, Poland, and even Africa.

She enjoys speaking for women’s groups and teaching at writing seminars and conventions and especially delights in mentoring young authors. These days, her time is filled with writing, being a grandmother and relishing precious time with her aged mother.
Bonnie and her husband, Greg, live in Southern Oregon. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Powerful, Miraculous Easter Message

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Jesus lived among the Jews and the gentiles showing us his Gospel of love, telling us how to live in peace and care for each other.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
(Matthew 22: 37 – 39)

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The suffering He endured illustrates how imperfect and cruel the world can be.

“Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified…’”
(Matthew 20: 17 -18)

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His crucifixion shows us God’s unconditional love.

“In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him, ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachtham?’ –which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

“When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

“Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.”
(Matthew 27: 45 – 50)

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                   His resurrection proclaims there’s nothing, not even death, God can’t overcome.

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

“There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen…”
  (Matthew 28: 1- 5)

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I Co. 15: 55

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Looking Out the Window: Hot Off the Press! A Brand New Release, Alice's Notions, From Tamera Kraft

A Warm Welcome To Tamera Kraft

Hi Tamera, Lots of writers loved to read as children. Did you? If so, what did you enjoy reading?

Yes, I read everything I could get my hands on. I always had my nose in a book and would take my flashlight to bed so I could read when I should have been sleeping. Whenever I got my Scholastic Book order form from school. I would pour over the list for hours trying to decide which books I wanted for the money I was allowed. Then I would beg my mom for more money. My earliest memories of books I read were Black Beauty, A Wrinkle in Time, and all of the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries I could get my hands on.

Let's talk about your writing. Why do you do it?

I love books, and I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Life interrupted my plans, but God brought me full circle back to what I love to do.

Tell us about your latest book.

My new book is Alice’s Notions and is just out. It’s an historical romantic suspense.

What do you love about this book?  And what do you hope readers will tell others about it?

I love the setting and time period. It’s set in a sleepy village in West Virginia, where my mother was raised. The story takes place right after World War 2 so I was able to put in a lot of cultural references from that time. I wanted to get the feel of some of the movies in the 1940s and 1950s. The movie Alice’s Notions most reminds me of is Charade starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.

Where do you get ideas for your books?

I get my ideas from history. I love reading about American history. Often, I’ll read about an event and wonder what it was like for the people living at that time. That’s where most of my stories come from.

In three words describe your style of writing. 

Faith-filled historical adventures. Even the historical romances I write have a sense of adventure in them.

What themes do you write about? All of my novels seem to revolve around three themes: redemption, risking everything to do the right thing or carry out a noble quest, or carrying on through great difficulty to confront fears and learn to trust God through it. Some of my novels have more than one of these. Alice’s Notions is more about carrying on through great difficulty, but it does have a bit of risking everything to carry out a noble quest in it too.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer?

I’m a bit of both. I do research the history for my book and have a my characters planned out before I start. I also know certain signpost plot points along the novel’s journey before I start writing, but I never plan it out beyond that. I know where the characters are going, but I’m not always sure how they will get there.

Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?

My faith does affect my writing but not on purpose. I don’t intend or start out writing faith-filled novels necessarily, but because God is my life, it always is interwoven throughout my writing.

What are you working on right now?
I’m currently writing the first book for a three books series on Jamestown Brides. These brides came to Jamestown from England, facing adversity and harsh conditions and leaving everything behind, to create a new colony in a new land. They are every bit the adventurers their husbands and sons were.

Introduce us to the main character in your new book.

Alice Brighton married her childhood sweetheart and moved to New York City before the war. She was devastated when she found out her husband Joe had died in the war. She returned home to Burning Bush, West Virginia where she could feel safe and opened a fabric shop. Her plan was to support herself so she’d never risk losing someone she loved again. Throughout the novel, Alice finds out her sleepy hometown village isn’t so safe after all.

Thanks for inviting me.

Having you is my pleasure.

About Alice's Notions

In this quaint mountain town, things aren't always what they seem.

World War 2 widow Alice Brighton returns to the safety of her home town to open a fabric shop. She decides to start a barn quilt tour to bring business to the shop and the town, but what she doesn't know is sinister forces are using the tour for their own nefarious reasons

Between her mysterious landlord, her German immigrant employee, her neighbors who are acting strange, and a dreamboat security expert who is trying to romance her, Alice doesn't know who she can trust.

 Buy Alice's Notions
on Amazon
Desert Breeze Publishing


Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novellas in print. She’s been married for 38 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren. Tamera has two novellas in print: A Christmas Promise and Resurrection of Hope. Her first full length novel is Alice’s Notions.

Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

You can contact Tamera online at these sites.
Word Sharpeners Blog

Monday, April 3, 2017

Looking Out The Window: Congratulations to Jennifer Vander Klip Winner of Clash of the Titles Springtime Contest!

Congratulations to Jennifer Vander Klip
and the novel
Protective Custody

About the book:

A cop burned by love falls for a key witness in a crime implicating the town's rich and powerful.

Lifestyle magazine editor Heather McAlister was in the wrong place at the wrong time. What she saw sends her faith and life into a tailspin. As a key witness in a crime shaking the roots of the town's power brokers, doing the right thing may cost her everything. Including her life.

Detective Kyle Taylor is in the midst of solving the town's worst crime spree, a case that cold make or break his career, when the woman he thinks he might have a future with witnesses a gang initiation gone wrong before they can finish their first date. He has spent his entire adult life protecting his hometown. Now he's protecting a woman he'll risk everything to save.

With more than their future at risk, they must discern betrayal from trust, image from truth while avoiding a danger closer than they think.

Christian Romantic Suspense

What Reviewers Are Saying:

I just kept turning pages to see what would happen next! Can't wait for the next one!—R. Cole

This is my second novel from Vander Klipp and I continue to be impressed with her writing.--Kelly T.

Add this book to your must-read list!—Regina F.

What COTT Voters Had to Say:

~Great Book, Jennifer! Kept me on the edge of my seat!!

~Jennifer Vanderklipp, keep on writing. Some days it may seem as if no one appreciates

your books, but believe me, we, your readers, are out here just waiting for your next

release. A. Zuniga

~You have an awesome cover.The book sounds great.

~In love with Jennifer's writings!!!

~Enjoying so many new titles from amazing authors that pour their hearts in to their work. However I have to say that Protective Custody is a nail biter beginning to end. I could not put it down. Kudos to Jennifer Vander Klipp. Looking forward to more great reads from her.

~I like suspense like Jennifer VanderKlipp writes!

About the Author:

I make beauty from neglect, order from chaos. I like fixing messes!

And I get to do that a lot since I’m a mom to two and stepmom to four, navigating the tweens and 
teens while battling my daughter’s juvenile arthritis, exploring the delights of my son’s autism, and keeping gluten free. A California native transplanted to the Midwest, my favorite thing is discovering with my husband how much there is to love about seasons, snow, and the delight that is Michigan.

Upcoming Release:

Promise Me is a prequel novella to Protective Custody, and it is releasing in May. With the same great setting as Protective Custody, (Orange County, California) this story focuses on Cait Bellamy and Grayson Kendall, who make brief appearances in Protective Custody. But we also get introduced to the stars of Protective Custody, Detective Kyle Taylor and Heather McAlistair.

Marketing director for Samashima Family Farms Cait Bellamy, on a break from the endless restoration of her farmhouse, witnesses potentially-devastating vandalism at the farm. Car restoration hobbiest and real estate attorney Grayson Kendall finds himself intrigued by the happenings at the farm which seem to be related to his latest real estate development. He does some digging, unknowingly putting Cait and her beloved farmhouse in danger. Can they both learn trust each other and create something new out of the wreckage their pasts while trying to discover who wants to put the farm out of business?

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Looking Out The Window: Fifteen ACFW April New Releases

April 2017 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:


Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon -- When a police chief and an ex-con join forces to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks fly. Given their backgrounds, it's not a promising match—but in Hope Harbor, anything is possible. (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker])


Oh Baby by Delia Latham -- Dawni Manors seeks peace in Angel Falls, Texas. What she finds is a cowboy, an abandoned infant, and emotional chaos. If the Heart's Haven angels really are there, what in the world are they thinking? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])



A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti -- Where does a relationship expert turn when his wife leaves him and carries a tiny heartbeat with her? (General from Abingdon Press)


Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent -- When tragedy strikes, Maggie discovers a mother's love never ends--not even when her life does. Longing for her family after her sudden death, she becomes a lingering spirit and returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family's downward spiral in the aftermath of her passing. Her husband is haunted by past mistakes and struggles to redeem himself. Her teenage daughter silently drowns in her own guilt, secretly believing she caused her mother's death. Only her five-year-old, full of innocence, can sense her presence. Although limited by her family's grief and lack of faith, Maggie is determined to keep a sacred promise and save her family before her second chance runs out. (General from Walrus Publishing [Amphorae Publishing Group])


Sunset in Old Savannah by Mary Ellis -- When a philandering husband turns up dead, two crack detectives find more suspects than moss-draped oaks in charming old Savannah, including a scheming business partner, a resentful mistress, and a ne'er-do-well brother. (Mystery from Harvest House Publishers)


Above Rubies by Keely Brooke Keith -- In 1863, young teacher Olivia Owens establishes the first school in the remote settlement of Good Springs while finding love. (Historical, Independently Published)

Historical Romance:

A Rose So Fair by Myra Johnson -- Caleb Wieland would give anything to win farm girl Rose Linwood's heart, but Rose's stubborn independence is proving as thorny as the flower for which she's named. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)


Under the Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer -- In 1854 Illinois, Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents' farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she's ever known and the man she's begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis.
Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future. (Historical Romance from Mantle Rock Publishing)

The Pony Express Romance Collection by Barbara Tifft Blakey, Mary Davis, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Maureen Lang, Debby Lee, Donna Schlachter, Connie Stevens and Pegg Thomas -- Nine historical romances revive the brief era of the Pony Express. Join the race from Missouri, across the plains and mountains to California and back again as brave Pony Express riders and their supporters along the route work to get mail across country in just ten days. It is an outstanding task in the years 1860 to 1861, and only a few are up to the job. Faced with challenges of terrain, weather, hostile natives, sickness, and more, can these adventurous pioneers hold fast, and can they also find lasting love in the midst of daily trials? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:

plain-targetPlain Target by Dana R. Lynn -- Horse trainer Jess McGrath only wants to clear her disgraced brother's name, but enemies keep coming out of the woodwork and danger only gets closer. Jess soon learns that no place is safe—and no one can be trusted…except for the last white knight she'd ever expect to ride to her rescue. Paramedic Seth Travis was the boy behind her high school humiliation, but he's also the man keeping her alive. When they find sanctuary in the Amish community, can they uncover answers in time to stop a killer—and resolve their past in time to build a future together? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Dangerous Testimony by Dana Mentink -- Four weeks before she's set to testify at a gang murder trial, someone is determined to make sure that Candace Gallagher Andrews never takes the stand. When nowhere is safe for the private investigator or her little girl, Candace turns to the only person she can trust—longtime friend and former navy SEAL Marco Quidel. For Marco, protecting Candace is not just another duty. As the trial date nears and the killer stalks ever closer, Marco knows fear for the first time—the fear of losing Candace and her daughter. But while Marco begins seeing Candace as more than just a friend, her late husband's memory is never far from her mind. So he must keep Candace alive—and not get emotionally involved—long enough to put away a killer. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

deep-extractionDeep Extraction by DiAnn Mills -- Special Agent Tori Templeton is determined to find who killed her best friend's husband. Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan's personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer?and to each other?the more intent someone is on silencing them for good. (Romantic Suspense from Tyndale House)

Final Verdict by Jessica R. Patch -- When Aurora Daniels becomes the target of someone seeking their own twisted justice, Sheriff Beckett Marsh is the only one who can rescue her. As a public defender, Aurora has angered plenty of people in town—and in her past. And while Beckett constantly clashes with the feisty lawyer professionally, it's his duty to protect and serve. Guarding her 24/7 is now his sole assignment. He may not have been able to save his fiancĂ©e from a dangerous felon, but he'll do whatever it takes to keep Aurora alive. Even if working with her to catch and convict this ruthless killer puts his heart in the crosshairs. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Guardian by Terri Reed -- When a fellow FBI agent is kidnapped and a protected witness vanishes, Leo Gallagher will stop at nothing to find them both. So when he discovers a link between the case and a single mother in Wyoming, Leo and his trusty K-9 partner rush to question Alicia Duncan. Could she be the key to locating the missing persons? Not if a killer has anything to say about it. Someone is determined to keep Alicia from talking, so Leo and his chocolate Lab must keep her and her little boy safe on their family ranch. With danger lurking around every corner, Leo must work overtime to not lose another person who's important to him. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Witch by Denise Weimer -- Having restored Michael Johnson's ancestors' house and apothecary shop and begun applying the lessons of family and forgiveness unearthed from the past, Jennifer Rushmore expects to complete her first preservation job with the simple relocation of a log home. But as her crew reconstructs the 1787 cabin, home to the first Dunham doctor, attacks on those involved throw suspicion on neighbors and friends alike. And while Jennifer has trusted God and Michael with the pain of her past, it appears Michael's been keeping his own secrets. Will she use a dream job offer from Savannah as an escape, or will a haunting tale from a Colonial diary convince her to rely on the faithfulness of his love? (Romantic Suspense from Canterbury House Publishing)

Speculative Romance/Fantasy:


The Fairetellings Series (Books 1 through 3) by Kristen Reed -- Discover a trio of enchanting novellas inspired by three beloved fairy tales: Cinderella, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast. (Speculative Romance/Fantasy, Independently Published)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Looking Out the Window: Clash of the Titles Springtime Reads

Clash of the Titles presents four new springtime reads! 

Peruse the images, read the blurbs, 

then vote on your favorite in the survey. 

I know which one is my favorite.

Enjoy, dear readers!


He's a nature photographer returning to make amends, and she's a camera-shy naturalist seeking privacy. Their love for a boy brings them together, but the camera could drive them apart.

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Lifestyle magazine editor Heather McAlister was in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing a crime that shakes the roots of the town’s power brokers and sends her life into a tailspin. Previously burned by love, Detective Kyle Taylor has spent his entire adult life protecting his hometown, but now he’s protecting a woman he’ll risk everything to save.

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She’s ready to fly free of a life-long cocoon; he’s looking for anything but Raine. Can Paradise Pines find a miracle for two unwilling hearts?

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When a homeless man rescues Glorilyn Neilson from violent assault, he's not the man he seems. What powerful secret keeps him on the streets?


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Looking Out the Window: Misty Beller's Blog Tour For Her New Book, A Rocky Mountain Romance, And A Rafflecopter Giveaway

A Warm Welcome To Misty Beller And A Rocky Mountain Romance Blog Tour

Misty will give away a reader's only gift basket chocked full of treats and sweets. To enter to win see below.

Hi Misty, lots of writers loved to read as youngsters. How about you? If so, what types of books did you read?

 Yes! If I wasn’t outside riding horses, I was inside reading. I almost memorized every book about horses our little small-town library owned—both fiction and non-fiction. Beyond that, I loved kids mysteries like the Mandy series by Lois Gladys Leopard. 

Let's talk about your writing? Why do you write? 

I’ve always loved to read, but it wasn’t until I put “Write a novel” at the top of my bucket list that I decided I needed to take the plunge. It was slow going as I learned about plotting and craft, but I quickly realized I love it! Writing is in my blood. It's my passion. A true gift from my Heavenly Father, and I pray daily that he uses the words for His purpose.

How do you get to know your characters? 

Characters are where I start my stories. Typically, as I'm writing the previous book, characters for the next book will start to form in my mind. I always keep a Brainstorming document available and jot down anything that comes to me. Then when I'm ready to develop those characters, I begin to write out their stories, including motivations, fears, and spiritual arcs. From there, I have a great idea of what will happen to them in the story!

What themes do you write about?

It seems like so many of my books are tied in some way to the theme of following God’s leading. He has a plan for each of us that rarely seems to follow a logical path, but when we seek His way and submit to His guidance (and submission is an important piece!), His plan turns out to be so much more wonderful than we ever imagined!

Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it? 

Yes, my husband and three young daughters definitely keep me jumping! As I write this, it feels like I haven’t slept in days due to my 10-month-old’s current ‘sleep challenges.’ I’m once again reminded that God is stronger than my challenges, though.

Balance has never been easy for me, as I tend to be an ‘all-or-nothing’ kind of gal. But that’s an area God has been working with me for a few years now. I’m getting better, but I’m not perfect yet. 

Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?

Oh, yes. God is the source of the joy I find in both reading and writing, and I try hard to make sure my books share whatever jewel of wisdom He wants that story to impart. I want these to be His words!

I often worry that I'm not creating a strong enough plot. Not building an emotional connection with the characters. But God regularly reminds me that this is the path He has planned for me. The story He's given me to write. I do my very best, then I have to rely on Him to use it for His glory.

Do you put yourself in your books?

Sometimes, yes. Many of my heroines possess a few of my own characteristics, whether they be mannerisms, my stubborn streak, or my deepest fears. Many times, some part of the story or plot will spawn from an incident in my life. I’ll use the “What if?” question to imagine how the situation or relationship could have turned out differently. From there, the stories tend to grow their own personalities. 

What are you working on right now?

Right now, I’m writing the third book in the Wyoming Mountain Tales series, and I’m loving it! This is Ezra’s story—Zeche’s younger brother—as he finally seizes the opportunity to step out from under the shadow of his older brother and sister. He’s running the Rocky Ridge Stage Stop on his own during the winter of 1868, and determined to prove himself capable. But when a woman shows up on his doorstep in the remote Wyoming wilderness, he’s shocked to find out she is Tori Boyd, the correspondence partner he’s been writing to for a few months now. She and her cousin seem to be running from something, and he realizes it's up to him to find a safe situation for them in this untamed country. Unfortunately, his heart decides it might have found a better way to keep them safe. Except, the feisty Tori Boyd doesn’t seem to feel the same attraction growing in him. I hope readers will love this story as much as I do! 

I bet they will. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

There are so many things that spring to mind! Some I've learned from wise writers. Some from my heavenly Father. And some from doing it the hard way. If I had to narrow down my experience into advice, these are the three things I would share:

1.Seek:  Read books on craft. Join a writer's organization. Make friends with other writers and develop connections. Seek to learn everything you can about this wonderful world of fiction!

2.Work:  Writing takes so many hours of typing and plotting and editing. You may feel it will never end. But enjoy the journey, even the hard times. I heard a quote today that really hit home for me. "Happiness is counting your blessings for the good things where you are right now." We all need goals, but the joy truly can be in the journey.

3.Pray: Seek God's face and His direction for your writing. If you're in His will, He will bless the work. His blessings may be a different outcome than you expected, but I promise it will be wonderful!

About a Rocky Mountain Romance

The Wyoming mountain country seems like the perfect place for Zeche Reid to find himself. When a blizzard sends him scrambling for cover, he stumbles upon a lady and her professor father holed up in a remote cabin. His protective instincts won't let him desert them to continue his travels, especially when the father’s haunting memories from the War of Succession put his daughter’s safety at risk.

Fighting her own nightmares after the war, Greta Michelly is trying to settle into this rugged mountain land, but her bad memories are nothing compared to the demons that haunt her father. The haven they’ve found in these Rocky Mountains seems to be the solace he needs to find peace—until a mysterious sojourner appears on their cabin doorstep. She can’t help but be drawn to the wild aura that surrounds the man, but that strength seems to be that very thing that intensifies her father’s struggles.

As Zeche is torn between his craving to protect Gretta and the awful realization that he’s the one putting her in more danger, he’s forced to make a difficult choice. But when a run-in with an elk changes his plans and Gretta is faced with a danger Zeche is powerless to control, Zeche has to find a way to protect her at any cost. Even at the cost of his heart.

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About Misty

Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams Series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy. She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her
Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today.

Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded
and crazy. God has placed a desire in Misty's heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God's abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family--both immediate and extended--is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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